How to move around in New York: subway, bus, taxi
In a large city like New York, public transport is widely used. At the same time the transport grid is very complicated. It is difficult find your way around, especially for tourists. Further on we will examine the key aspects that tourists should know about how to get around in New York.
The New York subway
The subway is the easiest and cheapest means of transport and is accessible to all. It is widely used by both New Yorkers and visitors to the city. To see the layout of the underground in detail, click on the map and press the F key. This will zoom in on the map up to a readable size (the file weighs 1 MB).
The price of a ticket: $2.75.
Pass: $31 for 7 days.
Open: 24h, 7 days a week. The New York subway runs non-stop every day of the year including holidays.
Additional information: you can use the underground, bus and underground again for two hours with the same ticket.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus in New York
The normal buses in New York have complicated routes. To save time trying to understand all the details of getting around by bus, we recommended the hop-on hop-off bus tours.
You can study how these tour buses operate on the map. It shows all the information you need on the routes which are available and timetables.
You can travel around by bus the entire day. You can get off at any stop, visit some museums and landmarks, and get back on the bus at any stop. This mode of travel is much more interesting than taking the subway: you will be given earphones for the ride so you know the program of tour. The audio is available in eleven languages. But it is worthwhile seeing the subway as well and at least one ticket must be purchased!
Price: 2-day pass $54, 3-day pass $64.
More information: it’s best to buy your ticket online.
Taxis in New York
Tourists in New York do not often choose the taxi as a means of transport to get around the city. It is much cheaper and more interesting to travel around in tour buses (see information above).
Prices: it depends on the mileage, determined by the taximeter. Toll roads and tip for the taxi driver are extra (about 15% of the total amount).
Taxi drivers never tell you the total amount of the trip if you ask the cost in advance. They give you an approximate amount without mentioning the fee for tax, tolls and the gratuity. They do this so as not to frighten away a potential customer.
The routes most requested by tourists have a standard rate, for example a trip from JFK Airport into Manhattan will cost $55.